Rebecca Hilsenrath comments on Royal College of Midwives report
In response to yesterday's report from the Royal College of Midwives that shows expectant and new mothers are not receiving adequate mental health care during and post-pregnancy, Chief Executive of PHSO, Rebecca Hilsenrath, said:
“Preparing for the birth of a new child should be one of the most exciting times for a family. Yet too often new and soon-to-be mothers are failed by maternity services, which can have a devastating effect on them and their families. Complaints brought to the Ombudsman, highlighted in our recent report on maternity care, included examples of women who didn’t receive adequate physical and mental health care during and after birth. Some had experienced the ultimate trauma of losing their babies.
"The Royal College of Midwives’ report adds to the body of ever-growing evidence that shows significant improvements must be made in maternity care to prevent yet more unnecessary suffering during what should be the most happy and special of times.”
Read our report: Spotlight on maternity care: your stories, your rights
Latest News from
Draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill laid in Parliament05/12/2016 12:37:21
A new complaints body will provide the public with greater confidence that their voices have been heard.
Amplify the vulnerable and voiceless, Ombudsman says26/09/2023 09:15:00
“Focus on the vulnerable and voiceless” is the message coming from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman’s latest annual review of adult care services.
Council fails to respond to restaurant nuisance complaints21/09/2023 16:15:00
A Brentwood homeowner, suffering years of distress because the council did not properly investigate her concerns about the restaurant next door to her, has had her complaint upheld by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.
Mother left ‘too scared to try for another child’ after doctors failed her during labour18/09/2023 15:43:00
A pregnant woman with a mood disorder was left ‘confused and terrified’ after doctors failed to realise she was in labour and refused to call her partner to be with her.
Yorkshire man with dementia left unsupported in hotel for too long11/09/2023 09:25:00
A Calderdale man was left in unsuitable hotel accommodation for too long, because council departments did not work together, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Hundreds of rejected freedom pass applications to be reviewed by LB Newham08/09/2023 11:15:00
More than 200 Newham residents are to have their rejected applications for Freedom Passes reviewed following an Ombudsman investigation.
Ombudsman comments on Lucy Letby inquiry being given statutory status31/08/2023 14:15:00
The Lucy Letby inquiry has been given statutory status, meaning that it now has use of all the legal powers available, including the power to compel witnesses to give evidence.
Vulnerable people’s drug prescriptions to be reviewed following Ombudsman investigation23/08/2023 12:15:00
Hundreds of people across England with drug and alcohol dependencies who have been prescribed Valium long-term, will have their cases reviewed following an Ombudsman investigation.